Leah Moves

When you don't know what to do, just move.

Working It November 19, 2011

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I’ve been on vacation this past week, and it was fantastic. There were times when I was frustrated or tired, but overall, it was just what I needed. Time spent lounging by the pool was the best. No obligations work, gym, school, etc., was fantastic.

I meant to take advantage of the fitness center while I was there, but that didn’t actually happen. I did do one thing that was an AMAZING workout. I took a pole fitness class. And let me tell you, it was way harder than I anticipated. I was sweating and was sore afterwards. And you know what? I effing loved it.

I know it seems scandalous to participate in such an activity, but it’s not just about taking off your clothes and sticking your crotch in someone’s face. It’s about being confident with yourself and pushing yourself. I will admit there were times when we were doing something and I would look at myself in the mirror and become self-conscious. All I would see is my fat roll through my tank top. Or how awkward I looked. Or how I couldn’t quite push myself fully into certain positions due to my size. But part of me felt good about myself as well.

My friends and I are taking some more pole fitness classes in the future. And I cannot wait.

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November 7, 2011

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Today was spent doing some productive things. I got to sleep in a little ( a little more than normal thanks to daylight savings time!), then I did a few loads of laundry, worked on a paper that I had majorly procrastinated on, and spent a little time in the gym.

I’d had all semester to work on a paper for one of my classes, and I had started on it, and then taken a little break from it, and then sort of forgot to start again. And now it’s due next week. And I’ll be in Florida for several days before it’s due. So it really needs to get done this week. Yuck.

I also went to the gym today. Since I started school, and began taking so many exercise classes, I hadn’t been going to the gym very much. I wanted to run a little, but my shins have been pretty achy lately, so I did 40 minutes on the elliptical instead. I need to come up with a plan for running, since obviously winging it isn’t working so well for me. I need to find a 5K to train for, since it is my goal to 1) run an entire 5K and 2) smash my previous PR.

This is my last week before FLORIDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to get away and enjoy some time with the girls!

 

How Far We’ve Come November 4, 2011

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Last Friday I completed my third 5K. The first was the Riverkeeper 5K done at least three years ago. I don’t remember the time, but I was excited that it was less than an hour. I walked the whole time with no intention of running. This was before my desire to run. I think I was just into Jazzercise at the time (don’t hate- it really is fun, and effective). It was just something to do at the time.

Earlier this year, I ran/walked/jogged/hobbled the Pro-Active for Life 5K. I had already done two 3Ks this year and the 5K was the second race in a Trifecta that I was doing. I “ran” it alone and had trouble pushing myself to run. I finished in less than 47 minutes. I would like to mention here that this particular course has at least one mile of uphill in the course. The uphill sucks.

I was not really proud of that race. I was happy to have done it, but I know I didn’t push myself as hard as I could and should have.

I hadn’t really properly trained for the Black Cat Chase 5K either. I’ve been busy with school, and I take a lot of classes at the gym and just haven’t been running nearly as much as I should. But then I joined a running group and met some awesome new people. My friend was running this race with me. I knew I was in better shape than before, even if I hadn’t run as much as I should have.

I was less than enthused on race day. It was on a Friday at 7:00 PM, after a long day of work. It was cold, dreary, and drizzly all day. I just wanted to go home. But I went, and I raced. I ran my race.

This race was essentially the same course as the Pro-Active for Life 5K. The plan was slow and steady. We started out slow, just trying to weave through the crowd. I needed a short walk break and then ran until I got halfway up the big hill before I needed another walk break. The continuous uphill was rough on the legs. After the road flattened out, we ran some more. We walked a little. We sprinted to the end. I thought I might puke, but managed to get over the finish line and into the bagel line without doing so.

42:11. I certainly didn’t break any records, but I’m proud of this race. I think I could have done better on a flatter course, but I think I did my best in this race, based on my current fitness level and abilities.

I don’t really know what’s next. I want another 5K in the next few months. I will probably want to do the 3Ks (both in March) in hopes that I can PR in both and see the improvements on each course. It seems extremely premature to even think about anything farther than a 5K, but I can’t wait until I’m ready for longer distances. I’m starting now, but I plan on making next year the year I really run. This whole year has been a struggle and a challenge, and I feel like I don’t really have a lot to show for it. But next year will be MY year.